Program Coordinator Lori Kuithe
The Office Technology Administrative Assistant program incorporates the necessary technical, people, communication, and workplace skills desired in today’s offices. You’ll work with the same type of equipment and software currently found in most high-tech offices and develop the techniques that help you build a successful career.
Office workers are addressed by different titles. An administrative assistant may also be called a secretary, office support person, or office professional. The Office Technology program is designed for students who wish to prepare for positions as professional office workers.
Nature of Work: Office professionals perform a variety of clerical duties and assume some administrative duties to keep an office running efficiently. Duties may include: keyboarding, formatting and composing documents; creating and maintaining spreadsheets, databases, and presentations; handling oral, written, and electronic communications; scheduling appointments; organizing and maintaining computer and paper files; screening and making telephone calls; welcoming visitors; making travel arrangements; planning meetings; and transcribing dictation; as well as maintaining a cooperative work environment.
Skills and Abilities: In addition to a solid background in office technology skills, employers look for a good command of the English language, good interpersonal skills and good organizational ability, and the ability to move often from one task to another. Students who enroll in the program should possess the manual dexterity and physical abilities to perform the necessary office duties.
PROFICIENCY TEST INFORMATION:
OTEC 120 - Business Documents I and CIS 135 - Computer Literacy
Students wanting to take a proficiency test for OTEC 120 may do so by contacting the Office Technology Program Coordinator.
Students wanting to take a proficiency test for OTEC 135 may do so by contacting the Computer Information Systems Program Coordinator.
PROGRAM PREREQUISITES FOR ALL OFFICE TECHNOLOGY DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS:
To be eligible for graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree, Certificate of Proficiency, or Certificate of Completion in any Office Technology program, a student must:
- Earn a grade of “C” or better in all Office Technology courses, defined as courses with an OTEC prefix, and
- Satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree, Certificate of Proficiency, or Certificate of Completion as outlined in this catalog.
OTEC classes taken longer than five years prior to graduation must be retaken or a proficiency test passed to insure that the student has retained his/her knowledge from the class.
Administrative Assistant- OFFAS/ADMIN.AAS
Associate in Applied Science Degree
30 and Out A.A.S. Degree Program Option: Anyone who has already earned an associate or bachelor degree from an accredited college or university may earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Administrative Assistant by completing 30 semester hours of approved courses. Students interested in this program option must contact the program coordinator to receive written approval detailing the specific courses required for this degree option. Students must meet all institutional requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.
Total: 13-15 Credit Hours
- Approved Administrative Assistant Electives (see list) 6-8 credit hours
- Social/Behavioral Science Elective (see specialties below for recommended course) 3 credit hours
- Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 credit hours
Total: 12-14 Credit Hours
Approved Administrative Assistant Electives List
Accounting Assistant Specialty
Administrative Assistant Specialty
Customer Service Specialty
Digital Publishing Specialty
Human Resource Assistant Specialty
Legal Office Assistant Specialty
Marketing Assistant Specialty
Medical Office Assistant Specialty
Network Administrator Specialty
Small Business Office Assistant Specialty
Total credit hours required for the A.A.S. in Administrative Assistant: 60
Administrative Assistant- OFSPC/ADMIN.CP
Certificate of Proficiency
Total hours required for Certificate of Proficiency in Administrative Assistant: 35